Maryland is located in the Mid-Atlantic and borders a number of states, most notably Washington, DC. In total, Maryland enjoys an area of 12,406.68 square miles. The state actually has a prime location because it is approximately in the middle of the east coast and offers easy access to states like Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, and more. Additionally, its location on the Atlantic coast provides a number of water-related activities in the summer and access to fresh fish. In fact, Maryland is known for its crabs which are shipped and cooked all over the country.
Baltimore is officially the largest city and attracts plenty of businesses and visitors. However, other major cities in the state are becoming more well-known such as Annapolis (state capital), Silver Spring (which borders Washington, DC), and others. Gettysburg, the famous site of one of the most important battles in the Civil War, rests within Maryland’s borders. There are many areas in the state where one can drive and enjoy lovely forests, rivers, lakes, and more.
What draws many to Maryland is the cost of living, which is about the same as the national average. The bonus is that employment rarely drops as the state is so close to Washington, DC. Maryland has plenty of businesses within its borders but people also have access to Virginia and DC so salaries help balance the cost of living.
Because of its proximity to Washington, DC, security positions in the state are always on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the security field is expected to grow about average or higher as compared to the rest of the country. This is great news for anyone thinking about going into the security field. Moreover, anyone thinking about a career in cyber security probably has the best chance for future work. UMUC has stated that 50,000 cyber security jobs are expected to become available to future graduates.
Even better is the fact that Maryland boasts plenty of state-based financial aid for college students. There are need-based grants such as the Howard P. Rawlings Program of Educational Excellence Awards which includes the Guaranteed Access Grant and Educational Assistance Grant. Prospective students can also take advantage of the Delegate or Senatorial Scholarships, as well as the merit-based Distinguished Scholar Award. There are also specific career-based scholarships for security professionals to choose from.
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